I had a gentleman come into my store yesterday. I had taught his CCW class a little while before, and he had asked me if we could do modifications to guns. I told him to bring the gun by the shop and I would introduce him to my gunsmith.
So he comes in yesterday, real nice guy, and his gun that he wants to modify is a USP .40, and it is the variant that is double action only, with a manual safety. I ask what the problem is, and he says, try the trigger.
Pull-pull-pull-pause for breath-pull-dramatic hesitation-click. I don’t know what the pull weight on this particular speciman was, but the trigger pull gauge doesn’t go that high. Honest opinion? It was bad, even by DAO standards. Let me rephrase, it was bad double action, even by German standards.
So understandably, he wanted to change out the little plate so that he could switch it to the da/sa cocked and locked variant. I told him that I’m not HK direct, so that his best bet would be to contact their customer service and see about getting the Variant 1 plate.
He has contacted customer service. Repeatedly. For a long time. Hasn’t had any luck.
So I’m trying not to say anything, because then everybody on the internet will say, Oh Silly Correia, you’re just biased. You’re just a HATER. You’re just not an OPERATOR! (on that note, there’s a video game forum that has posted my picture and my profile from my blog, and says that it must suck to be a 32 year old virgin, because apparently, if you don’t like HK, then you don’t get to have The Sex. Which, I’ll have to inform my lovely wife of 10 years, that this new policy must go into effect immediatly, and also my 3 children, because apparently, they don’t actually exist. Also ironically, they’ve somehow construed that I hate video games, because I make fun of people who’s knowledge base comes from games, when I’m hopelessly addicted to my Xbox 360. Go figure)
So my gunsmith and I start going to various places online that we can get parts from, and have zero luck.
So I pull up HK’s page, and start calling other Utah gunshops that are listed as HK direct dealers. The first shop I call has been around a long time, and I used to shop there before I started my own place. They’ve got some good people there, and are located in Salt Lake City. Maybe they’ll have some, or be able to get them…
Correia: Hi, I would like to get one of those plates so that I can change a USP from DAO to DA/SA with safety. Do you have them, or can you get them?
Gunstore #1: Uh… well… Yeah, about that, we’re listed on their page, but you’ve got to understand, that they’re kind of hard to get parts from… and… well…
Correia: Dude, I’m calling from FBMG. I’m a dealer too. I’m calling for a customer. I know all about them.
Gunstore #1: Oh, cool. Then you know they’re a pain in the ass. Sorry man. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.
Okay. No luck there. So I called another Utah gunstore on the list. I’m not as impressed with these guys, but they’re on the list. I will not reveal the company name to protect the stupid. This phone call started the same as the first, but the idiot on the other line, barely able to string two coherant sentances together, at first didn’t understand what I was asking for, then got really confused, bloviated for about five minutes while I used very simple words to explain what I was looking for, before he finally told me to call back tomorrow to talk to his boss.
I hung up the phone, looked at the 3 Minions I had working behind the FBMG counter and told them, “I swear that if any of you, ever, answers a phone here, and you’re as clueless and useless as that guy, I’ll fire you on the spot.” They all nod sagely. “No, screw that. I’ll just shoot you in the knee cap.”
So I come to you, knowledgable people of the internet. Where the hell do you get those plates for USPs? I can’t find them online anywhere, unless I’m searching for the wrong term, HK customer service won’t call the customer back, and nobody local seems to have them.
And no snide comments about how I should sell him a different gun. Contrary to what some people on the internet seem to think about me, I’m not a devotee of any brand or type. I just think you should use what works for you, and not get all self-righteous about your crap. However, it is hard to use a gun with a 20 pound trigger that you start pulling in January and it will discharge sometime in March, (unless it’s a leap year, then it may go off in February). Surely, if this customer was a REAL OPERATOR, living on a diet of raw snake meat and Dick Marcinko novels, then he would easily pull that trigger.
Ironically, since I was informed earlier this week that the “VAST MAJORITY” of special operations people preferred HK products, I thought I would check. Since my store’s approximately a block from the Headquarters, and a big chunk of my customer base is wearing ACUs when I sell them guns, I do sell a few personal guns to SF people. And since my business partner is the friggin’ armorer (45B) for the local SF unit, he knows everybody.
Ironically, the single most popular handgun purchased was the Springfield XD .45.
The single most popular rifle was a Stag AR15.